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I just got around to shooting a roll of P30 and I encounter something strange. When I got to the 36th frame, every time I wound to the next frame it just kept on going and going. I would say I got twice the numbers of shots. My first though would be my camera was having a mechanical glitch, but the re-winder knob spun every time I went to the next frame.

Now I'm wondering if there is a film reel and tank out there that would fit this? I guessing the only real solution is going to be to cut it in half and load it on to 2 reels. I don't like the idea of sacrificing a frame, because this time I think I got a high portion of really good shots. It was one of those times where everything came together.
 

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I just got around to shooting a roll of P30 and I encounter something strange. When I got to the 36th frame, every time I wound to the next frame it just kept on going and going. I would say I got twice the numbers of shots. My first though would be my camera was having a mechanical glitch, but the re-winder knob spun every time I went to the next frame.

Now I'm wondering if there is a film reel and tank out there that would fit this? I guessing the only real solution is going to be to cut it in half and load it on to 2 reels. I don't like the idea of sacrificing a frame, because this time I think I got a high portion of really good shots. It was one of those times where everything came together.

Is it possible the film transport slipped in the beginning and only later on somehow caught the film and transported normally? As for your question, for longer than standard film lengths look at Hewes reels, they offer/offered all kind of non standard stuff. They will even make custom reels according to your needs.
 

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i would be surprised if you actually get 72 or so exposures, that length of film usually doesn't fit into a cassette.

You can assume almost for sure that you had some loading error and the first something shots are gone or you have a couple of burnt out frames from multiple exposures at the start (even possibly all).

I would just load and develop as usual, but dont expect getting anything for free ;-)
 

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The explanation above seems sound to me. I get about 42 exposures on my clear Jobo reels. In any case your film shows too long for your reel, just cut it off, by that at worst rather spoiling one exposure than trying some makeshift solution for a long roll.
 

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What AgX said. Load it onto your spiral as normal and if it won't fit, just snip it off and keep the remainder safely in the cassette or other dark place.

Normally 72 exposures would not fit inside a 135 cassette except in the case of an extra thin film that Ilford made decades ago. It is possible to hand roll about 40 exposures depending on length of lead/tail but then the cassette begins to jam because the film is literally touching the can's inside.

Best guess is that some shots simply didn't wind properly.....now that could be a loading error, camera malfunction or could mean an issue with the film sprocket holes. Unless you were watching the rewind knob for all 72 exposures?
 

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I have accidentally over loaded a cassette with a little over 40 frames, it starts getting tight. When I developed it I had a tail that didn't quite wrap all the way around the stainless steel reel. I just left it loose on the outside of the reel and it developed fine.
 
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